QCinema Fest Celebrates Cowtown Gayness

Hard to believe that only three years have passed since Fort Worth police and agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents conducted their infamous raid on that city’s Rainbow Lounge. Today, it hardly seems conceivable that the cops would bust in and bust heads in a dubious crackdown on a popular gay bar as they did that day in Fort Worth -- on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. The raid sparked mass protest, embarrassed a city and led to the disciplining of several officers involved. It also ushered in a time of rapid progress for Fort Worth’s LGBT community. It’s comforting to know a bonehead decision sometimes can spur progress. (See: Joe Biden.) Raid of the Rainbow Lounge: The Documentary, by Dallas filmmaker Robert Camina, recounts the raid and its aftermath, and screens Friday as part of the 14th annual QCinema film festival. The four-day fest kicks off 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a showing of Funkytown, about the last days of ’70s disco in Montreal during a time of political and cultural upheaval. The movie plays at the Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., with a post-movie opening night party at T&P Tavern, 221 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 1000. Opening night movie tickets are $15, and single tickets for other films on the schedule are $10. Event passes for the entire festival also are available. For a complete lists of films, events and times, visit areyoucurious.org.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 24. Continues through June 3, 2012
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Patrick Williams is editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer.
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